Saturday, December 26, 2009


Famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) deals with epic crises in his personal and professional life. At the same time, he must strike a balance among the demands of the numerous women in his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Pen√©lope Cruz), his confidant (Judi Dench), and his muse (Nicole Kidman).

My Review: From the start, Nine dazzled the screen with its stars. Each of them had their time to shine. I was disturbed by Kate Hudson's "Cinema Italiano" because of the lack of authenticity and above all, passion. I expected more from a young, vibrant, versatile actress. Another thing that annoyed me was the brevity of Kidman's presence. Though when she appeared, I enjoyed every moment. Cruz was as always, nothing short of brilliant. Marion Cotillard shined even at times when the stage was dark and you could see nothing but her. Cotillard played the role of Contini's wife to a tee and did it with such passion and dedication. If she doesn't get awards for this role, there is something wrong. She had the most convincing performance of the whole cast. Fergie did a great job, even though it probably wasn't anything she hadn't done in real life before. Day-Lewis didn't do as well as I would expect him to. His accent sounded more like a vampire, which made it painful to listen to. Overall, the film didn't fulfill my expectations but you have to appreciate Nine for the music, women, and entertainment it succeeds at providing. 3 out of 4 stars.

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